Despite the fact that many commercials for alcoholic beverages are clever and humorous, they really do much more harm than good. Statistics have proven that when alcohol and sports combine—whether at stadiums, sports bars, or at home—the result is often heavy drinking and problems stemming from it such as violence, vandalism, DUIs, and public disturbances. Evidence has proven that alcoholic advertisements have been a major factor in the more frequent and heavier drinking among the teen population.
It’s really a shame that so many commercials during sports broadcasts are alcohol-related, but these companies do have a positive impact on professional sports in that they give a lot of money to sponsor stadiums, sporting events, and teams. Nonetheless, the advertisements on television, in programs, and elsewhere are unnecessary and are only causing problems.
Children and teens account for a huge percentage of the number of people who watch sports on television, with over 90 percent of the young population tuning in to sports on TV regularly. Researchers have concluded that the more alcohol advertisements a child is exposed to, the greater the chance that he or she will develop positive expectations about drinking, and this effect increases dramatically when the ads are shown during sporting events.
Even though many people are opposed to alcohol-related advertising, it is likely that little or nothing will be done to ban or limit these ads from broadcasts. For now, all a parent can really do is talk to their children about the adverse effects of alcohol consumption and set a good example for them to follow.
– Nick Aiken ’12Read More
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